More of Armstrong's Teammates Back Doping Charge: Report

Feds building a case showing "systematic doping" says New York Times

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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PAU, FRANCE - JULY 20: American Lance Armstrong with team RadioShack rides in a breakaway during stage 16 of the Tour de France on July 20, 2010 in Pau, France. Armstrong started the ride between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Pau in 31st place. French rider Pierrick Fedrigo won the stage while Alberto Contador retained the yellow jersey. The iconic bicycle race will include a total of 20 stages and will cover 3,642km before concluding in Paris on July 25. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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It's not just Floyd Landis saying Lance Armstrong cheated, according to a report which says a host of other cyclists have told the feds the Tour de France champ and his team participated in "systematic doping."

Armstrong has been under investigation since May, when former teammate Landis publicly accused him and other team members of the U.S. Postal Service team of using performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions to cheat. Landis said Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the sport's most famous race, encouraged the practice.

Prosecutors and investigators have more than just Landis’s account, two people with knowledge of the investigation told The New York Times.

A former teammate of Armstrong told the Times he had spoken with investigators and detailed his own drug use, as well as the widespread cheating that he said went on as part of the Postal Service team — all of which he said was done with Armstrong’s knowledge.

Jeff Novitzky, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration who investigated steroid use in baseball, is in charge of the investigation and has been interviewing Armstrong’s associates and former teammates.

Armstrong did not respond to requests for comment, but has steadfastly denied he ever cheated.

Armstrong's lawyer Bryan Daly denied the cyclist ever doped.

“They just want them to incriminate Lance Armstrong and that’s my concern,” Daly told the Times. “To the extent that there’s anyone besides Floyd Landis saying things, the bottom line is, if you take away the soap opera and look at the scientific evidence, there is nothing.”

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